Maximum Living Succulents

 

Maximum Living Succulents

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Succulent plants have grown in popularity in recent years due to their minimalist, yet exotic aesthetic and relatively low maintenance compared to other plants.  Succulents look great indoors or outside in a planter, and you can get really creative with your arrangements.

Care

Succulents will do best in containers that receive plenty of light and with good drainage like terra cotta pots or planters, however with proper care, they can do well in a glass container as well.

Succulents have evolved in more arid climates, so they do not need constant watering like normal plants. Instead, they prefer to be soaked for a short period, then dry out over a few days. Once the soil is dried out, it’s ready for another soak. Watering every day, or letting them soak too long because of poor drainage is the most common way succulents die inside. If outside in a rainy climate with less sun like the Pacific Northwest, a shallow soil bed may be preferable so that it can dry out quicker.

 Example of a succulent plant stretching in search of more light

Example of a succulent plant stretching in search of more light

Succulents do need a good deal of light to thrive, so if indoors, placing them next to windows is ideal. If they cant get at least 8 hours of indirect sunlight, then a grow lamp might be needed. When Succulent plants do not get enough light, they will start to grow tall and have the leaves separate searching for more light, opposed to their usually tight and compact leaf placement. If this happens, you can cut the top off and re-plant.

Arranging Your Plants

There are many ways to arrange your succulents, whether grouped together or potted individually. You should not have any issues finding small clay planters or pots anywhere gardening products are sold, but you may be able find more stylish and unique holders at smaller, boutique plant shops. For soil, you can purchase potting soil designed specifically for succulents, or create your own by adding sand to your normal soil mix. This sandy soil helps with drainage, and is more similar to the natural habit where succulents grow. From there, you have a lot of options to freshen up the look of your plant bed. Small stones, smooth pebbles, crushed gravel of various colors can go nicely with your plants. I like to recreate a desert vibe with warm-colored stones, or a dark, mossy look that accentuates the cool plant colors. There's no shortage of inspiration online, and we've created a Pinterest board with various looks that you can re-create here.

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